Museum & exhibits


renewal & reconciliation at Vernon museum


November 2020 – GVMA staff are excited to take part in Cultural Safety Programtraining with Syilx Elders from Okanagan Nation. We hope this will further the process of reconciliation and collaboration with members of the Syilx community, the First Nation on whose traditional and unceded territory the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located. 

GVMA exhibit aspaces have been under construction.  As we go through this reconciliation process, the displays, exhibits and gallery will reflect some changes in what is displayed, who and what is represented, and how. 

We invite you to join us on in this process toward greater reconciliation alongside local members of the Okanagan First Nation, as we create space that acknowledges and respects the lasting legacy the Syilx People of the Okanagan, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities who now call this area home.


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museum visits on hold until further notice


#OpenWithCare – For the month of December, the archives are open to one researcher at a time by appointment only.

As a public health precaution, we are suspending public visits to the museum until further notice.

We look forward to welcoming back visitors soon, and we thank you for your understanding!

Archives Appointments

Tuesday to Friday afternoon
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Museum Bookings (on hold)

Tuesday and Thursday morning
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Wednesday afternoon
1:00 – 3:00 PM



The GVMA is embarking on an intensive series of Cultural Safety workshops with local Okanagan Nation elders. As we go through this process, the displays, exhibits and galleries will reflect some of the changes in who and what is represented, and how.


The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives houses a diverse collection of over 30,000 artifacts. This includes natural history specimens, clothing, paintings, a 1910 carriage, the original Post Office clock, and a mysterious whale bone.


our stories,

The GVMA Gazette explores a different aspect of North Okanagan history each week. Through archival research, enlivened by archival photos, we bring to life some of the stories that create the diversity of this area.


virtual exhibits

Virtual Exhibits compliment our onsite exhibits, and provide a way for people to access some our collection items, archival photos and documents, and oral history from wherever you are. Take a Virtual Visit!




Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.